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Winter Conferences and Events

Turtle Tree would love to see you at the following events this winter:

January 11th, 2020 NOFA-Mass Winter Conference, Worcester, MA

January 25th, 2020 NOFA-Mass Seed Sovereignty Day with the Freed Seed Federation- Dartmouth, MA

January 26th, 2020 NOFA-CT Seed Sovereignty Day, CT

February 12th-17th, 2020 Organic Seed Growers Conference, Corvalis, OR

February 16th, 2020 Culinary Breeding Network’s Variety Showcase, Portland, OR

Stay Tuned for our March Seedy Saturday seed starting workshop! Dates to be announced.

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Seasonal Report from The Berkshire Edge Gardening Section

Mostly tender crops harvested Oct. 4, before 30-degree night in Western Massachusetts.

By Judy Isacoff Monday, Oct 21, 2019 Farm and Table

October 21 – November 3, 2019

Mount Washington — A week into October, yellow and red dapples appeared throughout the expanse of green canopy that breathes all around us during the warm seasons in the Berkshire Hills. By mid-month, leaf-turn had climbed the forested heights in a continuum of red oak’s soft russet brushstrokes intermingled with golden sugar maple and deep evergreen. At lower elevations, lush red and sugar maple crowns had already been ignited to vermillion, yellow and orange. The blue sky above was made for optimum complement. Spirits were high the week of the 6th. Everyone I met exuded excitement, buoyancy, unfettered exuberance. A brilliant charge pervaded the world. We were bathed in the light and warmth of the Sun. We were deeply experiencing the turning point in the season. We were immersed in and witnessing one of Earth’s great wonders.

Fresh harvested fennel, scallion and apple saute, Oct. 15, 2019. Photo: Judy Isacoff

I am writing before the predicted frost then freeze over the weekend of the 19th. In the hill towns, all tender plants sailed through last month’s light frost on Sept. 19. Two weeks later, on the late afternoon of Oct. 4, anticipating a killing frost, I harvested tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers that were too sprawling to cover. Barrels fit over fennel plants and old quilted mattress covers over more peppers and fennel. The thermometer read 30 degrees next morning and, in addition to the limp yacon plants that were groomed for Halloween, my windshield was covered with a sheet of ice.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN, FRIENDS. See Killing Frost & Company march through the garden. Photo: Judy Isacoff

Every day I eat from the garden basket (see photos) and more crops harvested on the 4th. Heirloom red and yellow Brandywine and striped German table tomatoes and San Marzano plum tomatoes continue to ripen in a cool room. They retain luscious, fresh-picked flavor, the former a favorite layer on sandwiches. Scarlet, orange and chocolate peppers, stored in the refrigerator crisper at 38 degrees, are still firm, although I will soon slice and saute them briefly before storing in the freezer. Yesterday the last lemon cucumbers decorated a fresh salad. I have pickled green beans, cucumbers and damaged green tomatoes.

Open-face lettuce and tomato sandwich. Brandywine tomato with Rouge Metis cover. Photo: Judy Isacoff

In advance of threatening frosts, I will harvest, reluctantly, all fennel and the robust green peppers that, given more warmth, would mature to their rainbow hues. These are the only tender crops remaining in my garden. Red cabbage will come in, too. A gorgeous late planting of Turtle Tree Seed lettuce mix and Asian greens — both include Rouge Metis mustard — will thrive for awhile, covered on freezing nights. Rouge Metis’ subtle, spicy overtones are one of my favorite salad ingredients.

Fresh from the frost-hardy autumn garden: sliced and chopped leek, carrot, Tokyo Market Turnip. Photo: Judy Isacoff

Now I leave you, dear reader, to heed the last call for sowing garlic and winter rye.


Turtle Tree Seed

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Plant Sale at Camphill Village May 25th

Plant Sale at Camphill Village

From 10am – 3pm on Saturday, May 25th we will be selling plant starts just waiting for your garden! Tons of tomatoes, peppers sweet and hot, squash, melons, watermelons, okra, flowers, physalis, tomatillos, ground cherries, cucumbers, and herbs!

Also, we’ll have a selection of seeds for May and June sowing–beans, corn, squash, and more.

Join us outside the lovely newly renovated Camphill Village Green Coffee Shop and Gift Shop. Stop in for awesome coffee, our famous cookies, breads, soups & salads or to browse the fine crafts made here in Camphill Village!)

Directions to the Plant Sale at Camphill are in the post below…

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Plant Sale at Camphill Village April 27th

Plant Sale at Camphill Village! – Saturday, April 27th

Come visit us and browse seedlings and plant starts for many different kales, cabbages, broccoli, asian greens, lettuces, and more! You also have the opportunity to browse our full selection of over 380 vegetable, herb, flower and farm seed varieties, ask gardening questions, and chat with Lia and Ian about your garden plans. Books and T-shirts will also be for sale. Special plant sale pricing on seeds!

Our Delaway Kale is doing well, and will be for sale on April 27th at the Plant Sale in Camphill Village

Click on the map description below for directions. Please keep in mind that we’re actually all the way up the hill–Google puts our address point a bit before you actually get to us. Just keep going–we’re there!


Save the date! Our 2nd plant sale of the season will be on Saturday, May 25th. Tomatoes, peppers, physalis, eggplants, squash, cucumbers, melons, flowers, herbs and more!


P.S. It’s time to get those tomato seeds started if you haven’t already! Click here to shop tomatoes: